About the Author
Dr. Stephanie Willerth currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria where she is dually appointed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Medical Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research group investigates how to engineer neural tissue by combining pluripotent stem cells, controlled drug delivery and biomaterial scaffolds. In 2014, she was named a ``Star in Global Health'' by Grand Challenges Canada and in 2015, she was named a Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She is an active member in the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), a B.C. based organizations committed to finding long term treatment for the repair of spinal cord injuries. Before accepting her faculty position, Dr. Willerth completed a National Institutes of Health sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley and graduate studies at Washington University. She received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.